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>>> good morning, and welcome to a special election edition of "this week." >>> the obama campaign is slipping. >> we have come too far to turn back now. >> it's on. the final sprint. >> we'll win this election. we'll finish what we started. >> we're going to bring big changes to get america stronger again. >> the candidates cris cross the battlegrounds. >> we need you, ohio. >> i love colorado! >> to break this deadlock race. the big questions now -- can obama's swing state firewall stand up to romney's momentum? how will hurricane sandy shake up the campaign? and with just nine days to go, could a final october surprise send this election into overtime? questions for our headliners. top obama adviser stephanie cutter and house speaker newt gingrich for romney. >>> plus, insight and analysis from our roundtable. george will, austan goolsbee, nicolle wallace, gwen ifill and andrew sullivan. >>> hello again. with just nine days to go, the october surprise is here. hurricane sandy, threatening a massive stretch of the u.s. from virginia to new england. all of the way to the great lak
-american voters return enforce for barack obama this time? >> we're in the same spot as we were when bush was president. >>> and battleground road trip. the candidates are fighting tooth and nail for these girl scout moms and die hard cheese heads. so, "nightline" co-anchor bill weir hit the road in the swing state of wisconsin. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden, bill weir and tonight, juju chang in new york city, this is fwhl until, november 2nd, 2012. >>> good evening, i'm juju chang. in the five days since superstorm sandy ravaged the east coast, those caught in its path are still reeling from the magnitude of the crisis. we now know the storm took the lives of at least 105 people, and caused an estimated $50 billion in damage and knocked out power to 8.5 million initially and 3.6 million people still remain in the dark tonight. and late today, in new york city, the largest marathon in the world was canceled for the first time ever in its 42-year history, following days of outrage at the specter of precious resources being deployed
i will be there. >> reporter: family friend gerry ware registered her inspired by barack obama's election four years ago. >> i said i'm going if the lord spare my life this time, and i made it up in my mind to vote. >> reporter: miss rosie has lived through major turning points in american history. she was just a child when the 19th amendment gave women the right to vote. she was well into her 50s by the time jim crow laws were abolished, giving her the chance to do what she did today. >> she was already set in her ways and really wasn't thinking about politics. >> reporter: now rosie is not secretive about who she supports. >> i love obama. >> reporter: you love obama? >> i love obama. >> reporter: rosie requested her ballot in the mail, and her friend turned it in. >> miss rosie should be an inspiration to all of our young people and old. >> reporter: in ft. myers, chad oliver. >> how do you not love that story. >> isn't that something? if she can rock the vote, i think we can all get out and vote. >> there is no excuse. i don't care who you're supporting, no matter what age,
on see it on tv. >>> president obama and mitt romney begin a last push today to sway voters. >> one of our favorite moments from the giants' victory celebration. >> watch what happens when i say -- gangnam style. ♪ ♪ ♪ kj;ñ;ñ;ñ;ñ;ñ ♪ >>> welcome back. south of the north bay light steady rain for the morning commute in the north bay a little drizzle, fog. lunch this is all over other than a stray shower. warmer weather in the first weekend in november. can believe it is november already. >>> time flies. your voice, your vote. governor brown will be in san francisco today making a last minute push for prop 30 second visit in one week. prop 30 asks voters to approve temporary tax hike on incomes over a quarter of a million dollars a year. sales tax hike for the next four years. brown says the revenue will prevent six billion dollars in cuts to state funded schools. the latest numbers show prop 30 support dropping since september. >>> president obama dives back into campaigning after three days immersed in leading response to sandy. president obama and mitt romney are locke
across the country back president obama, 48% mitt romney. the race is tied when you consider the margin is plus or minus three percentage point. stay with abc7 morning news. coming up katie marzullo will have more on what president obama and mitt romney have planned for today. plus how the new jobs report released this morning could impact the race. >>> the coffee executive who campaigned against partisan gridlock in washington is making an endorsement. the starbucks ceo announced he will vote for president obama this coming tuesday. last year the ceo urged his fellow business leaders to withhold campaign contributions to both parties until congress and the white house reach a deal to bring down the nation's deficit. he says the president deserves a second time. >>> affects of superstorm sandy continue. new video from new york city this morning, shows the continuing long line of cars waiting to fuel up. gas shortages continue to be found across the east coast, 60% of gas stations in new jersey are closed because they've run out of gas. 70% of stations are closed on long island. the shor
today across the pivotal buckeye state, the cornerstone of his midwestern firewall, president obama cast himself in the same bipartisan way that appealed to independent voters four years ago. >> over the last four years, the status quo in washington has fought us every step of the way. >> reporter: it would be unusual for a democratic president four days before election day to actually suggest it would be okay with him if voters went for a congressional candidate other than a democrat. but eager to paint himself as not part of the washington problem, the president did just that -- at every stop. >> as long as i'm president, you know, i've said, i will work with anybody of any party to move this country forward. if you want to break the gridlock in congress, you'll vote for leaders who feel the same way whether they're democrat, republican or independent. >> reporter: president obama seemed energized and confident today. he actually did a little jig at hiss his last top here in lima, ohio. obama campaign officials are talking up their early voting program, years in the making. with republ
the block? >> reporter: president obama toured some of the damage with governor chris christie. >> i can't thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and the people of our state. >> i can promise you that the federal government will be working as closely as possible with the state and local officials. and we will not quit until this is done. >> reporter: and then, there was halloween. many towns decided to postpone it. but some were not deterred. on long island, superheros and cats were out. and in new york city, even with the power out, trick-or-treaters took to the street. and within just a few hours, all three of new york's major airports will be back online, with la guardia beginning at least partial service at 7:00 a.m. this morning. rob? sunny? >> good news there, too. and in terms of the gridlock here in new york city. traffic very heavy as the mass transit system gets up and running. what about the scarcity of gasoline for commuters? >> reporter: that's a really big problem because everyone's trying to get into the city. and one of the things
. unlikely supporter who is standing with president obama. >> politics of oakland city hall. now inspiration for a new tv show. plans being made now. coming up. >>> president obama endorsement getting down to the last few days before the election. >> that brief cause for super storm sandy seemed like a distant memory. today, the attacks were back. >> their best bet is on sin yi six. >> president obama delivering a closing argument in three battle grounds. >> i know what change looks like. i fought for it. you have, too. after all we've been through together we can't give up now. >> mitt romney spending his day in virginia, a state republicans are desperate to flip. >> we're going to win on november 6th. >> he countered the president's closing arguments. >> i believe america needs real change. we're going to give to it american people. >> the latest poll still shows a tight race but new polls in three key states had president obama on top. it's now all hands on deck. vice president biden stumped in iowa. >> american people asking, who can they trust? >> barack obama should be the next preside
and classrooms for decades. many of the klanspeople we've talked to say barack obama has been our single most effective recruiting tool in the last four, five years. >> well, i think there's some truth to that. immediately after obama was elected, we saw two of the largest hate websites in the country crash. >> reporter: potok told us that by the late '80s, the klan dwindled to a few hundred. they now number closer to 6,000. >> white power! >> reporter: he believes they can be very dangerous. >> it's dangerous, not so much because a whole bunch of klansmen get together in a room and plan to murder 1,000 people with a bomb so, you know, it's the lone wolf characters that get frustrated with their leaders that break away, you know, one day, walk out of their house and start shooting. >> reporter: with that in mind, at a gas station outside of tupelo, the grand dragon appears. he is also known as steven howard, 31 years old, he says he's an iraq war veteran. he comes with a loaded pistol on his hip and tells me he's got serious ptsd. we agree to follow him to a remote location, where cell phone
? >> reporter: president obama stayed in washington to visit red cross, attend briefings with governors and utility ceos. >> i think he's handled it well. >> reporter: compassionate or calculated, depending on who called into the radio show in youngstown, ohio. >> where was it when it happened in ben gaza and i and he flew t snas he learned his lesson. >> reporter: a vital corner of a vial state with 28 visits from romney this year, 19 from obama. >> president obama wasn't able to come as planned because of the storm. >> reporter: do you think that hurts his cause in ohio? >> absolutely not. i think more people respect him for doing what what the president is supposed to do. >> reporter: the drizzle wasn't enough to keem elaine from going door to door on obama's behalf tonight. >> hi, how are you? >> reporter: hello. a few miles away brothers and roger did the same for romney. >> i don't think personally that after four years of watching this president that it should change anybody's mind in four days on four years of failure. >> very difficult. >> reporter: here's one republican mind t
days until we find out if president obama gets four more years. >>> and then, a warning in the wake of hurricane sandy. be on the lookout for scam artists. >>> and joe biden stops by "the late show." and this time, the laughs are from him, not on him. >>> well, that is the closing bell last night, at the new york stock exchange. abc's sam champion, there in his orange coat. hard to miss sam in that picture. surrounded by other new york weather experts. a nod, of course, to their tireless and critical work throughout this week. the dow was up 136 points. >>> economic reports don't get any bigger than the one due out later this morning. the government releases the october employment numbers just four days before the election. a crucial report on wall street and the campaign trail. experts say, look for 125,000 new jobs last month, showing modest growth, with the unemployment rate steady at 7.8%. >>> well, there could be some manmade misery adding to the toll of hurricane sandy. scammers, out to take advantage of folks after the storm. officials are now warning people to watch out for
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marzullo is live in the newsroom with more. >> reporter: one thing for sure, president obama and mitt romney are full speed ahead in the battleground states seeking out undecided voters. president obama was in boulder, colorado yesterday. today he has three campaign events in ohio. he will be anxious to hear the jobs report. political expert telling the san francisco gate if the unemployment rate stays below 8% he believes voters will slug it off. any increase would mean president obama would -- face voters with the highest rate since roosevelt if the rate is above 8%, mitt romney is going to use that to his advantage. he campaigned in virginia yesterday. this morning, romney starts in wisconsin and moves to ohio. "the new york times" reporting the romney campaign is making a serious play for pennsylvania last minute appearance there sunday, polls now show president obama's edge in pennsylvania is narrowing. will the jobs report give either any massive boost? that's unclear. experts say all but a few voters have likely made up their minds, particularly, about the economy. katie marzul
. katie marzullo is in the newsroom with the way president obama and mitt romney are spinning numbers. >> reporter: as it turns out the numbers landed in some grey area giving both something to seize upon to benefit their own campaign. >> the president: hello ohio! >> reporter: despite the small rise in the unemployment rate president obama pumped up ohio this morning. >> the president: today our businesses created nearly 5 1/2 million new jobs. companies hired more workers in october than any time in the last eight months. >> reporter: the president admits there is more work to be done. but says this is a pattern of real progress that includes a stronger auto industry, thanks to his bailout. romney is ing the numbers another way at a rally in wisconsin this morning he said the report is a sad reminder that the economy is at a virtual standstill. >> he said he was going to lower the unemployment rate down to 5.2%. today it is 7.9% and that's nine million jobs short of what he promised. unemployment is higher today than when barack obama took office. >> reporter: some say the report co
. ahead the aftermath of superstorm sandy. president obama took a tour of the damage today. you will get to see some of it as well. >> and we will catch up on the presidential campaign nearing the finish line now with just six days to go. mitt romney pours big bucks into some of the swing states that he may be losing. >>> i'm michael finley. ahead on 7 on your side, the frustration of automatic bill pay. >>> there is a new presidential order today. 15 minute rule for federal agencies to respond to requests for help in new jersey. residents of the jersey shore are have lost their homes and businesses to superstorm sandy. abc 7 news reporter david louie is in the newsroom now with video of the destruction. david? >> superstorm storm sandy has done an estimated $20 billion in property damage, much of it along the new jersey shore. recovery it on the mind of residents but the biggest challenge is where and how to get started. the damage is widespread. the scope of the destruction is best seen from overhead. miles of new jersey shoreline, a summer play ground for generations have been battere
tapper covers the white house. >> reporter: president obama has not taken questions from white house reporters since august, but today, he took them from mtv. >> what are you most worried about? malia getting her driver's license, malia going out on a date or malia being on facebook? >> i worry about facebook. dates? that's fine, because she's got secret service protection. >> reporter: in what seems an unprecedented full-on pop culture campaign, the president answered questions from readers of "us weekly" and appears on the cover of "rolling stone," in an interview where he described mitt romney as a bs-er. republicans charge, it all shows how this president is a frivolous celebrity, not a leader. but there he is on "jay leno." >> what's this thing with trump? >> reporter: at a rally with katy perry and on jon stewart. >> i am doing great. >> reporter: like the fabled thief who said he robbed banks because that's where the money is, the obama campaign says the president is going where the voters are. such as "inside edition." >> "inside edition's" a really popular show. >> reporter:
-by-side with president obama, joining forces in this crisis. and just as our abc news/"washington post" poll out today shows president obama and governor mitt romney in a dead heat. your voice, your vote, and abc's jake tapper has more. >> reporter: hurricane sandy has forced the president to cancel his appearance at seven campaign events. but he may have gotten something more valuable. >> you're going to be okay. everybody's safe, right? >> reporter: the opportunity to lead and be seen leading. today with new jersey's republican governor chris christie at a shelter in brigantine, new jersey. >> hang in there. >> thank you. >> reporter: theirs was a most public display of bipartisanship today, a trait many undecided voters profess to love, one sorely lacking in washington, d.c. >> he has worked incredibly closely with me and i cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern. >> governor christie, throughout this process, has been responsive, he has put his heart and soul into making sure that the people of new jersey bounce back even stronger than before. >> reporter: the president seems co
it farther south, new jersey residents got a visit from president obama. just days now before the election next week, the president put politics aside to tour the storm zone. >> there he was, side by side with governor chris christie, one of mitt romney's biggest supporters. more from abc's jake tapper. >> reporter: hurricane sandy has forced the president to cancel his appearance at seven campaign events. but he may have gotten something more valuable. >> you're going to be okay. everybody's safe, right? >> reporter: the opportunity to lead and be seen leading. with new jersey's republican governor chris christie at a shelter in bringhamtine, new jersey. >> hang in there. >> thank you. >> reporter: there is was a most public display of bipartisanship, a trait many undecided voters profess to love, one sorely lacking in washington, d.c. >> he has worked incredibly closely with me. i cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern. >> governor christie throughout this process has been responsive. he has put his heart and soul into making sure that the people of new jersey bounce
stronger by the minute. president obama has signed an emergency declaration for new jersey, numerous towns have issued voluntary evacuation orders some recently have been switched to mandatory orders. some video be, the same goes for new york governor cuomo declared a state of emergency, mobilizes air national guard in new york city the transit system is shutdown, schools closed hundreds of thousands ordered to leave their homes new york stock exchange shutdown today that includes electronic trading. thousands of flights are cancelled. >> the storm is moving slowly, bringing high volumes of rain. essentially this is a hurricane wrapped in a nor'easter. >> reporter: take a look at this, this is the view from space hurricane sandy off the coast of the carolinas, provided by nasa because of the size and dense population, forcasters expect 50 million to feel the affects. look how massive that is. sandy has already proven deadly killing at least 67 in the caribbean last week, 51 of those people in haiti. katie marzullo, abc7 news. >>> 4:50. president obama is returning to washington earlier tha
york severe flooding and wind there. president obama has declared major disaster in new york and long island. katie marzullo abc7 news. >>>'x the atlantic city boardwalk took some of the damage as well. mike has been tracking it on radar. >>> i see a huge storm that is a little bigger than it was yesterday. yesterday we measured it at about 700 miles north to south and 600 miles east to west it goes to nearly nova scotia to atlanta u.p. of michigan. as it progressed retrograded to the west snow moved out of the mountains now into kentucky and in ohio detroit up into the u.p. of michigan. this is a massive storm with hundreds of delays cancellations anything trying to head to the east coast, it is going to be a bear again. circulation still sitting in pennsylvania that's where going to continue to churn pull moisture off the ocean best threat of tornadoes in new england today. best threat of heavy rain in the person parts of pennsylvania some of the higher elevations. this is going to sit for another 24 to 48 hours before it starts to accelerate. another four to eight inches of rain an
those boats. >>> five days to go. barack obama and mitt romney dash back to the trail, as the clock ticks to election day. this morning, our bottom line on each side's path to victory. the last-minute moves. and this little girl's emotional plea going viral. >> i'm tired of barack obama and mitt romney. >>> and jaws dropper. the woman who saved her own life by punching out a 12-foot tiger shark. she tells us in her own words the astonishing moment her martial arts kicked in. the karate chop that saved her life. >>> and good morning, everyone. hello to robin at home. we are getting back to normal here in times square. but look at these live shots. >> can we say it for her, though? rabbit rabbit. >> rabbit, rabbit,. >> rabbit, rabbit. >> rabbit rabbit, robin. let's look at the live shots downtown right now. still so dark in lower manhattan. this is a city divided right now. it's going to take days, maybe longer, for the power to come back. and the scale of destruction is becoming so clear in so many places. look at the aerial shots of breezy point, new york, home to generations of fir
nine days away. fine out what president obama and mitt romney are doing as they start their final push. also, the latest on the nanny accused of killing two children in new york. where she sought help right before the murder. >> strong winds, flooding rains and powerful storm surge. sandy is really starting >> more details this morning about that nanny accused of killing two children in new york city. she has no criminal history but did recently seek psychiatric help. the children's mother found the two children stabbed in the bathtub on thursday. they died on the way to the hospital. the nanny had also stabbed herself several times. she is still alive, but investigators can't question her yet because of wounds to her neck. >> a super storm is poised to strike the mid-atlantic with strong winds, pounding rain and even snow. right now sandy is a tropical storm, bearing down on the carolinas with predictions of gale force winds and massive flooding and power outages over the mid-atlantic coast starting later today. mandatory evacuations have been ordered in some areas as millions of peop
obama said romney targeted the middle class with unnecessary fees and taxes. the president also said it will be hard for romney to accomplish all of the last-minute promises he is making right now. >> in florida mitt romney says the president shrunk from the promises he made. romney says he won't do that and says his tenure of president would include more cooperation across at the isle. rom roll told the crowd now is not the time to demonize political opponented and wants to build bridges with the democrats. >> both president obama and mitt romney have cancelled campaign stops because of hurricane sandy. a stop in virginia will not happen because of the growing threat from sandy, and first lady michelle obama cancelled an appearance in new hampshire tuesday. president obama will head back to the white house from florida sunday night to begin monitoring storm conditions from washington. >>> the election day push is also happening here in california. all over the bay area, phone banks are up and calls are being made to voters. here's the story from oakland. >> dana is going door-to-do
and president obama have canceled effe events in virginia. one big impact right now. it's going to expect their effort to get out the vote. early voting didn't have much effect on early voting in florida yesterday. it could complicate it in virginia and ohio. then finally, is this storm as bad as it seems to be right now, it could block out the closing arguments of these candidates. >> i wonder if you're the president how do you manage campaigning, because his job is truly on the line here with governing and imagine perhaps a large disaster. >> he's returning to the white house tomorrow afternoon, as i said, cancelling some events. the biggest problem for the president right now, if he makes any mishandling of this storm could affect the final days of this race. >> in nonweather news, a bit of surprise, the des moines register, the largest newspaper endorsed romney. >> iowa is a key state. it's part of barack obama's mid western fire wall. >> he needs to win iowa, wisconsin and ohio. the obama campaign said they're ahead in iowa right now, this could make some difference in the end and it
forcing a major change in the presidential campaign. >> president obama is returning to the white house immediately after a florida appearance later this morning. he canceled a stop in ohio. meanwhile in new hampshire, ann romney canceled speaking engagements in derry and manchester due to the storm. they said the campaign buzz would be used for relief effort nsz the east. we'll have more on that in the half hour. >>> it is time for the rest of the weather from across the nation. aside from sandy, a mild day from minneapolis to dallas, denver and southern california. stormy in the northwest but heavy rain from seattle to portland. downpours also expected in the cascades and the northern rockies. >> 60s in dallas and salt lake city. 74 in miami. 54 in atlanta. >>> straight ahead on this special edition of "america this morning," thousands, and we're talking thousands of flights across the nation have been canceled, stranding travelers from coast to coast. we're going to tell you how the airlines are coping with sandy next. >>> and a tip of our hat to one of our own, standing undaunted as
to the polls. how do any affect this? >> we've seen both governor romney and president obama have to cancel events, obama in virginia, and adjust their schedules. president obama canceling an event in colorado. that's one big impact right now and also it will affect their efforts to get out the vote and early voting didn't seem to have much effect on the early voting in florida yesterday but could complicate efforts to get out the vote in virginia and ohio, two other key states that will be impacted by the storm and finally if this storm is as bad as it seems to be right now, it could block out the closing arguments of these candidates in the last nine days. >> in some ways this is the real october surprise. i wonder if you're the president, how do you manage campaigning because the job is truly on the line with governing and managing perhaps a large disaster response. >> you show you're in touch. that's why the president put out photos of him talking to the director of the federal emergency management agency and he also is returning to the white house tomorrow afternoon, as i said, cancel
. president obama will be in new jersey touring the storm damage with governor christie. >>> welcome back. president obama will be in new jersey touring the storm damage with governor christie. >> the election is less than a week away. and sandy has blown both candidates off course. here is jonathan karl. >> reporter: mitt romney transformed the planned ohio rally into a bid to support relief efforts. >> we won't be able to solve all the problems with our efforts this morning. one of the things i learned in life is you make the difference you can. >> reporter: it has all the trappings of a traditional campaign event, stage, big american flag, campaign music, lots of romney supporters. but you also have over here canned goods and supplies that people have brought for victims of the storm. the storm put romney in a bind. while the president can lead relief efforts -- >> this is something heartbreaking for the nation. >> reporter: there's not much for romney to do beyond encouraging supporters to pitch in. with fema working overtime, democrats are hammering him for what he said at a debate w
may have heard of, barack obama and mitt romney. >> we have heard of them t latest from the campaign trail coming up on "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. >>> welcome back, everybody. well, even if you won't be directly hit by sandy, you may feel the effts >>> welcome back, everybody. well, even if you won't be directly hit by sandy, you may feel the effects of the storm anyway. >> both presidential candidates have been blown off course, especially mr. obama whose day job is calling. abc's political correspondent jonathan karl has the details. >> reporter: it's mother nature's october surprise, a storm so big and so destructive, it could throw the campaign's final week into chaos. >> the storm will throw havoc into the race. >> reporter: for president obama it meant canceling two upcoming campaign events and visiting fema headquarters, vowing an immediate response to the storm. >> we're going to cut through red tape. we're not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules. we want to make sure we're anticipating and leaning for
obama's campaign is raising highbrows tonight over its provocative phrasing. >> your first time shouldn't be with just anybody. you want to do it with a great guy. it should be a -- with a guy with beautiful -- somebody who really cares about and understands women. a guy who cares -- >> she is talking about voting for the first time. while some applaud the ad for clever word play, critics call it tasteless and inappropriate. mitt romney campaigned in ohio tonight, and he talked about the economy. >> these have been tough times to be middle class in america. income is not going up, but gasoline has gone up by $2,000 a family. the health insurance premiums are up by $2500. food cost ropes. these are -- food costs are up. it feels more like backward to a lot of american families, i will tell you that. >> in what was a major economic speech they say president obama made things worse and his policies will turn things around. >>> five states declared a state of emergency. residents are being told to stock up with enough batteries and water and food for three days. this super storm is expected
as massachusetts governor. president obama said romney targeted the middle class with unnecessary fees and taxes. the president also said it will be hard for romney to accomplish all of the last-minute promises he is making right now. >> in florida mitt romney says the president shrunk from the promises he made. romney says he won't do that and says his tenure of president would include more cooperation across at the isle. rom roll told the crowd now is not the time to demonize political opponented and wants to build bridges with the democrats. >> both president obama and mitt romney have cancelled campaign stops because of hurricane sandy. a stop in virginia will not happen because of the growing threat from sandy, and first lady michelle obama cancelled an appearance in new hampshire tuesday. president obama will head back to the white house from florida sunday night to begin monitoring storm conditions from washington. >>> the election day push is also happening here in california. all over the bay area, phone banks are up and calls are being made to voters. here's the story from oakland. >>
. coming up, the election is now just nine days away. fine out what president obama and mitt romney are doing as they start the final push. also, police investigate a deadly shooting in contra costa county. and accused of killing two children in new york, where their nanny sought help right before >> new this morning in contra costa county, oakland police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred just before 2:00 this morning. police responding to shots being fired. found a man who had been shot several times near the intersection of main street and hill avenue. he died at a local hospital. more details this morning about that nanny accused of killing two children in new york city. she has no criminal history but did recently seek psychiatric help. the children's mother found the two and six-year-old kids stabbed in the bathtub on thursday. they were fully clothed. they died on the way to the hospital. the nanny had also stabbed herself several times. she is still alive, but investigators can't question her yet because of wounds to her neck. >> two teenagers were injured when
, a big impact. president obama and challenger, mitt romney, cancelled events. governor romney was going to head to new hampshire. the president to ohio tomorrow. president obama back in washington, actually touring fema today, making sure that federal preparations are in place and the federal resources are ready to go. but both men will be back on the trail and there's only a week left. >> ama: live from ocean city, maryland, thank you for that report. >>> we will stay on top of the latest storm developments. our superstorm sandy coverage continues on abc-7 at 6:00, and 11:00 p.m. and get updates at any time on abc7.com. >> in other news this evening, at least 1 people must find a new place to live for the time being after a fire drove them from their homes in san jose. the fire broke out around 7:30 this morning in a condominium complex on creek side drive. the flames moved quickly after the fire started in a building that houses several garages. >> the structure did catch on fire. the fire went from the garage into the attic space of the townhome, and also spread laterally, damaging m
course. katie marzullo join us from the newsroom with more. >> reporter: president obama said over an hour ago he's confident state and federal agencies are properly prepared for the storm. a lot of that prep means shutting things down and getting the of town. as rare as it was at the u.s. financial markets were closed today they are going to stay closed tomorrow this is the reason people are supposed to evacuate ahead of a hurricane the unpredictable ocean caught in north carolina a rogue wave knocked matt gutman and his producer off their feet. the crew of the hm bunny had to abandon ship. the coast guard has -- rescued cued 14 onboard, two are still missing. >> the two that remain unaccounted for made it off the vessel but did not make night life rafts. >> reporter: in new york the stillness that is shocking grand central center empty, stock exchange silent. authorities fear sandy could turn lower manhattan into a flood zone. mayor bloomberg and a host of east goes governors are driving hope the importance of evacuating. >> conditions are deteriorating rapidly and the window for
. president obama flying in today to survey the damage, as rescue teams go house to house to search for the 20,000 still stranded in this new jersey town. >>> crisis in new york. nearly half the city without power. at least two dozen dead, as the biggest hospitals fight to stay up and running. forced to evacuate the sickest patients down dark flights of stairs. >>> and, the aftermath. our team travels to the outer edges of the storm's fury, to towns demolished by a giant wall of water, where people were rescued from rooftops and sandy's misery stretches on. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with bill weir and cynthia mcfadden in new york city, and terry moran in tom's river, new jersey, this is a special edition of "nightline," the perfect storm. october 31st, 2012. >> good evening, i'm terry moran and i'm in tom's river, new jersey, one of the hard-hit communities on the water in this state. the water that superstorm andy hurled against the atlantic seaboard from maryland, all the way up to new york city and beyond. so many communities utterly devastated. you can see this k
, the final days of the presidential campaign. just four days to go now before the big vote. president obama was back on the trail yesterday making appearances in three battleground states. he wrapped up his day with a rally in boulder, colorado. the president took some pointed jabs at mitt romney saying his economic plan is just a rehash the policies that led to the country's economic crisis and mr. obama heads to the all important state of ohio later tod today. and for his part, mitt romney was in virginia at several campaign stops. he criticized the president for not doing enough to help businesses. also romney said the nation needs a president who understands business better. romney's aides are conceding that the storm's slowed some of his momentum but insist their internal polls show him ahead in some of those toss-up states. romney visits wisconsin and also ohio today. >>> and from the lighter side of politics, vice president biden went on david letterman's show last night to read his top ten list. >> ah,
bit of havoc into the race. >> reporter: for president obama, it meant canceling two upcoming campaign events and visiting fema headquarters, vowing an immediate response to the storm. >> we're going to cut through red tape, we're not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules. we want to make sure we are anticipating and leaning forward. >> reporter: there are political stakes, too. a chance for the president to show decisive leadership or to take the blame if the response is bungled. all told, 16 campaign events have already been canceled. mitt romney canceled three in virginia, moving westward to ohio, where he met up with paul ryan. >> today, when we get home, put in our prayers the people who are in the east coast, in the wake of this big storm that's coming. let's not forget those fellow americans of ours. >> reporter: with just nine days left, the race is as close as ever. a point dramatized in a new obama ad, reminding voters that the 2000 race was decided by a mere 537 votes in florida. >> this year, if you're thinking your vote doesn't count, that it won't matter, well, bac
in the nation's biggest city. >> president obama declared a major disaster for new york city and long island. now more on damage and the clean up. >> you can see mid town manhattan and lower manhattan still in the dark. eight million people are with out power. the death toll has now risen to 39 people. it's going to be several more days until we know the extent of the damage. after sandy delivered it's punch, residents in the battered states now faced with flooding, power failures and the task of cleaning up. >> i guess everybody is thinking something is going to happen. >> almost 10 million residents under the dark. >> i want every agency to lean forward making sure we're getting resources where they need them. >> a 13 foot storm surge crashed into lower manhattan sending salt water into nork city subway systems, inundating tunnels. one major tunnel took in 11 feet of water pushing cars and stacking them up like toys. >> that is as devastating as ever faced in its history oolt waves pushed it to of a street. more than 50 homes were destroyed when two fires sparked. firefighters rescued doze
, president obama and governor romney back out making their case to voters as the clock ticks down. five days until americans go to the polls, "your voice, your vote," and tonight, our brand-new abc news/"washington post" poll shows this. the president with a one-point edge. he also got a big helpful endorsement today, and i want to bring in "good morning america" co-anchor, anchor of "this week," george stephanopoulos. george? >> reporter: that's right. mayor michael bloomberg, of new york city, independent mayor michael bloomberg, had criticized president obama in the past, said he was not going to endorse. today he came out and said he's endorsing the president because he believes he's best positioned to lead on the issue of climate change, which the mayor believes had an impact on this hurricane. of course, that comes on top of that praise from governor chris christie, the republican governor of new jersey yesterday, and the poll you just cited, diane, also shows that nearly 8 out of 10 americans think the president has done a good job handling this hurricane. >> what about the voters who
wants to build bridges with democrats. >>> president obama and vice president joe biden are off the campaign trail today. yesterday the president rallied the crowd of 8500 people in new hampshire. he hit mitt romney on his record as massachusetts's governor. president obama saying that romney targeted the middle class with unnecessary fees and taxes. the president also said it will be hard for romney to accomplish all of the last-minute promises he is making right now. >>> both the president and romney have cancelled campaign stops because of hurricane sandy. the romney campaign says a scheduled stop in the swing state of virginia will not happen today because of the growing threat from sandy. first lady michelle obama has cancelled an appearance in new hampshire on tuesday, and president obama will spend this evening at the white house to again monitoring storm conditions from washington. >>> coming up at 8:00 with just over a week or so to go before election day, president obama's deputy campaign manager appears on "this week." he goes head-to-head with newt gingrich to discus
. president obama canceled han appearance in orlando. he just canceled an appearance in green bay. jake tapper is in orlando this morning. >> reporter: in addition to preparing for the final week of this hard-fought race, president obama, mitt romney and their campaign are preparing for hurricane sandy. >> in times like this, one of the things that americans do, we pull together and help out one another. >> reporter: the obama campaign is encouraging supporters by facebook, e-mail, twitter, and their home page to denaonate toe hurricane relief effort. the romney campaign loaded supplies on the bus in virginia to prepare to deliver them to local storm centers after the storm hits. >> i know right now some people in the country are nervous about the storm to hit the coast. our thoughts are with those people, and our prayers are with the people in harm's way. >> reporter: safety. >> fact is, keeping people alive first. >> reporter: will the storm impact the race? >> well, i hope it's not going to affect the voters by election day. >> reporter: it could. in virginia where there's a virtual tie, vo
for joining us i'm kristen sze. >>> i'm eric thomas. president obama has declared new york and long island disaster areas because of the damage they've suffered from superstorm sandy live look at new jersey flooding is a big problem. so far 17 deaths are attributed to the storm. more than seven million up and down the east coast without power, 13 foot storm surge caused widespread flooding. tahman bradley in maryland with an update. >> reporter: along the east coast, signs of sandy's fury, lady liberty's torch out power outages spread, five million in the dark 1.5 million evacuated sandy made landfall along the new jersey coast, 80 mile per hour wind as and flooding high tides, rough surf battered the coastline. this morning entire sections of atlantic city are underwater. >> people who decided to ride out the storm were left stranded. new jersey governor announced no rescue services until today. >> i cannot in good conscience send them in the dark given all the various hazards that would occur. >> reporter: new york city hit by 13 foot surge of seawater flooding the new ground zero memori
minute. >> yeah. yeah. >> mitt romney and barack obama masks were big sellers.. >> also avengers. >> i came as a giants fan. >> you did, indeed. >> stay with us. more sights and sounds of the giants celebration. >> in just a moment. >>> coming up at 6:00 a giants fan got his nose broken trying to keep rowdy revelers in check. he was reunited today with the man who saved him. abc 7 news has the story. we have pictures from nine stories below sea level. a fresh water tunnel being built below the bay. we'll show you the technique they're using to dig it. also from parade to podium we'll have new coverage today, and the race to get out of town. it's coming up in half an hour. now back to dan and cheryl. >> thank you. >> it was so exciting being out there. we're at the beginning of the parade i got my hat and scarf and i'm decked out, you know? take a look at highlights of the event throughout the streets of san francisco. thanks for watching. >> see you later. >> we love you. a lot of heart. you're awesome. we did it.
into the water. meanwhile, millions are still without electricity. president obama was briefed on recovery efforts at fema headquarters. >> this continues to be my number one priority. there's nothing more important than getting his right. >> central park is dressed up with no place to go. the marathon was cancelled for the first time in history in deference to victims. >> people who are flooded out. >> we spent thousands of dollars to bring our family here, pay for hotel rooms, airline tickets. >> temperatures are dropping, and a nor nor'easter with the potential for strong wind and rains could be the in forecast next week. >> ama: right now gas rationing is in place in both new york and new jersey. new york is restricting gas to 10 gallons per customer, and new jersey drivers can fill up every other day depressing on if theirs license plate nix even or odd. a plan to vice-president free fuel at mobile emergency stations have been suspended. >>> east coast red cross blood donation centers are getting back up and running, other centers are welcoming donations to make up the need. here live
ad from president obama's campaign is raising highbrows tonight over its provocative phrasing. >> your first time shouldn't be with just anybody. you want to do it with a great guy. it should be a -- with a guy with beautiful -- somebody who really cares about and understands women. a guy who cares -- >> she is talking about voting for the first time. while some applaud the ad for clever word play, critics call it tasteless and inappropriate. mitt romney campaigned in ohio tonight, and he talked about the economy. >> these have been tough times to be middle class in america. income is not going up, but gasoline has gone up by $2,000 a family. the health insurance premiums are up by $2500. food cost ropes. these are -- food costs are up. it feels more like backward to a lot of american families, i will tell you that. >> in what was a major economic speech they say president obama made things worse and his policies will turn things around. >>> five states declared a state of emergency. residents are being told to stock up with enough batteries and water and food for three days.
president obama and mitt romney say they are confident they will win the november election with different >> terry: major milestone for bart in the southbound expansion to san jose. project has created thousands of construction jobs, when completed it may help support 20,000 high-tech jobs. it's new tunnel that will whisk passengers under fremont's lake elizabeth. it's the centerpiece of central park and bart tunneled under it. more from david louie. >> three years of digging under the park is over and bart invited the public in. it's a crucial link for bart trains to reach a fremont station and san jose. >> we are half mile south of existing station. new warm springs station is five miles down the way. they were among the first take the tour. >> the depth, how far you had to go down, that amazed me. >> they are thrilled the project came in under project. it was budgeted for $249 million but the bid came in at $137 million, a savings of $112 million a result of downturn in construction work. the mayor says the tunnel came about after the city went to court plans to build elevated tracks.
president obama and governor romney put the bricks on the campaign until sandy is over. abc's jake tapper explains. >> reporter: president obama was a no show to his own rally in orlando, florida, this morning, whisked away on air force one to get ahead of the worst of hurricane sandy, and to warn those in its path. >> when they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. >> reporter: the white house eager to show the president looking in command released these two photographs meeting with advisers preparing for the storm. between his and mitt romney's campaigns, 30 events have been canceled. two events went on without the president. including one in youngstown, ohio where many former president clinton and vice president biden got a firsthand feel for the storm's winds. those heavy winds and rain may impact early voting in ohio and four other contested states are directly in the storm's path also with early voting. s president is not scheduled to be back on the campaign trail till wednesday but that like everything else this week is subject to cancellation. diane? >> all right, jake, than
their foundation. >> further you go down, the houses are gone. >> president obama toured the devastation with governor chris christie. the board walk is in ruins. >> looks like this pier was lifted by the ocean. >> when they arrived it means i've never seen water high, high as that. six, seven feet. >> in new york work continues to remove several feet of water from flooded subway tunnels. and mayor bloomberg rang the opening bell. much of lower manhattan is still without power. damage from sand gee also wide spread throughout the city. families had to be rescued from flood waters and in roc rockaways, the full extent of the destruction could be seen. a search underway for two brothers ages two and four who became separated from their mother when their car was submerged. strong winds and rain and snow continued to taus damage. the storm moves north. power is returning to millions on the east coast. >> you can make a donation to american red cross, text red cross to 90999 to donate $10. you can also call 1-800-red cross or just go to our web site for a link to the web site. your support wi
, boost obama? or bolster romney's case on the economy? jake tapper is in ohio. good morning, jake. >> reporter: good morning from a barn outside columbus, george. the jobs report appears relatively good news, 171,000 jobs created in the month of october. and the previous two months had upward revisions of # 4,000. employment ticks up to 7.9% but only because of more people look for work, this jobs report comes as this election comes down to the wire. stumping for votes, the candidates leave no stone unturned. as they make their closing arguments. in virginia, neck and neck and romney was heckled. >> what about the climate? that's what caused the storm. >> reporter: he did some heckling of his own against the president. >> the president said he was going to consider putting in place a secretary of business. i don't think that what we need is another government bureaucrat that supposedly knows something about job creation. i think it would be helpful to have a president that actually understands job creation. >> reporter: as the president did in green bay, vegas, and boulder. fresh
down the coast this morning. >>> weekend whirlwind. with sandy bearing down, president obama and mitt romney are going through battleground states for every vote. how is it that both guys are so confident? >>> extreme shoplifting. caught on tape. a suitcase filled with $1,000 in steaks. this guy hiding items in a neck brace. how the thieves are working in teams and making everything more expensive for you. ♪ happy birthday to you >>> and best birthday ever. we'll tell you how a mall worker convinced 1980s rock legend billy idol to play at his birthday party. this band went through extraordinary lengths, launching a two-year campaign to meet his idol. and we were there for the big night, exclusively for the payoff. >>> you learn something new every morning on this broadcast. i had no idea that ron claiborne was a big billy idol fan. >> i am, indeed. and justin bieber fan. >> good morning, everybody. we want to get straight to the big story this morning. that superstorm. abc's meteorologist, ginger zee, is in florida, tracking what could be a once-in-a-lifetime event. >> sand
with sandy bearing down, president obama and mitt romney are hopscotching through battleground states for every vote. in this down-to-the-wire race, how is it that both guys are so confident? >>> extreme shoplifting. caught on tape. look at this. a suitcase filled with $1,000 in steaks. this guy hiding items in a neck brace. how the thieves are now working in teams and making everything more expensive for you. ♪ happy birthday to you >>> and best birthday ever. we'll tell you how a mall worker managed to convince 1980s rock legend billy idol to play at his birthday party. this man went through extraordinary lengths, launching a two-year campaign to meet his idol. and we were there overnight, exclusively, for the big payoff. >>> you learn something new every morning on this broadcast. the superstorm, abc meteorologist, ginger zee, in florida this morning, tracking what could be a once-in-a-century event. we'll get to her in a moment. >> that's right. sandy is groening strength. a 900-mile behemoth storm. and for many, today is the calm before the storm. a last chance to stock
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